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Barcelona snubs Woody Allen ‘tourist’ museum

Plans to turn Pablo Picasso’s former Barcelona art school into a Woody Allen museum have been lambasted by local unions, who fear the museum would hold more appeal for tourists than it would for residents of the Spanish city.

Barcelona's Gothic quarter.
Barcelona’s Gothic quarter. Image by Davidlohr Bueso / CC BY 2.0

The Escola d’Arts i Oficis de Barcelona in Barcelona’s now-touristy Gothic Quarter has stood empty since 2009, but the city’s new left-wing mayor, Ada Colau, promised to reopen it as part of her election campaign. The school was made famous by Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon) painting, which depicts five prostitutes from a brothel housed on the same street as the Barcelona art school. Woody Allen propelled Barcelona into the spotlight in 2008 when he used the city as the backdrop for his Oscar-winning film Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Read more: theguardian.com